On his personal Tumblr page, Kurt Braunohler describes himself as someone “inserting absurdity into strangers' lives to make the world a better place.” Although this eccentric phraseology may sound like a self-effacing goof, Braunohler is one the few comedians active today whose work is unanchored by misery.
Readers and fans of the literary, you might want to grab a napkin before feasting on the newly announced list of authors for the 2016 Texas Book Festival. With 280 authors on board – among them Don DeLillo, Thomas Dolby, Emma Cline, Jane Alexander, and Nick Offerman – you're sure to start salivating.
With signs reading "Invest in Arts and Music," "Life Is Art," and "We Are the Weird in Austin," 75 local artists and musicians followed the Austin Arts Resurrection Marching Band in a second line down Second Street from the Austin Convention Center to City Hall to urge City Council to "Save Our Spaces."
While Austin city council members hunker down over next year's budget, local musicians and artists are assembling to make sure their elected representatives and city staff don't forget them or the Mayor's Omnibus Resolution. They'll march on City Hall this afternoon – Wed., Sept. 14 – at 3pm.
“There’s an idea I’ve been exploring for the last few years,” says Brian David Johnson, “and maybe it’s a bit of a cliche, that we’re all part of one giant connected system and the universe is just this big blanket of energy. Like, we’re not born, we don’t die – we just bubble up out of something and then bubble back down. And that idea brings me a lot of serenity.”
Everyone is talking about the election this year, and when we say everyone, we mean artists, too. This fall, more than at any other time in recent memory, performing arts organizations and presenters are programming material with a decidedly political bent.